BEST WAYS TO DRY YOUR BOOTS

21. February 2019

There's nothing worse that putting on wet, cold and smelly ski boots. If you don't want your boots to smell, you will need to dry them thoroughly. Every time! And once they start smelling… it's hard to repair the damage.


There are hundreds of ways of drying your boots but you need to be careful not to burn them! You can hang them on the industrial sized hot air racks, place them close to radiators or any heat producing object, hang them above a closed fireplace, take the liners out and put them on a radiator, put them into a »hot boot bag« (good for drying them in a car while driving), you can put portable dryers into the boots over night – there are dryers with UV lights that kill the bacteria, etc.

Taking the liners out or not?

We say yes! Taking the liners out will take only a minute however it will make it faster and easier to dry them thoroughly. When putting them back in be careful that you don't damage them and there's nothing in the shell.

Leaving the boots on the ski school's dryers?

When leaving your boots on ski school's racks make sure you get all the snow off before hanging them on the rack, so it will not melt onto other instructor's boots or gloves. Try to get your boots as high on the rack as possible because if there are boots with plenty of snow still hanging above yours, the snow will melt straight into your boots…

Turn them so the toes are looking towards the ceiling. Warm air is travelling up!

Make sure somebody turns the heater ON before leaving in the evening. If it's not on, it can't help.

If there's a hierarchy of boot placement on the rack and you are new to the school we suggest you keep friends and move your boots lower or buy portable boot dryers.

Portable boot dryers

You can get cheap ones for less that 10$ - but are they good enough? It's like every other thing: more money means more satisfaction. With portable dryers you need to think about how big and heavy they are (if travelling), if there is an UV light, and whether they are going to heat your boots or not? If by heating your boots you risk your foot beds to melt out of shape (especially those that are custom -made) don't do it. Too much heat is not recommended.


Radiators, fireplaces…

When drying your boots »old school« be careful about some things:

  • A fireplace can get very hot! If you leave your boots too close, the plastic can melt and change shape!
  • If you try to hang your boots above the fireplace, there's a chance of them falling down onto it and melting out of shape over night!
  • If taking your liners out and stuffing them behind a radiator, you are slowly changing it's shape (flattening them out).
  • The best way to dry your boots on a radiator is to take the liners out and place them upside down on the top of it. Place the shell next to it, on the ground.

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